Familiar Faces: Randy Ittner — principal of E.V. Cain Middle School

By: Stephanie Breitbart/Auburn Journal
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Q. How long have you been the principal at E.V. Cain? A. This is my fourth year as principal here. I was at Placer High School before for 15 years as a teacher, coach, department chair and was assistant principal there for five years. Q. Where did you grow up? A. I grew up in Torrance. It’s near Redondo Beach, so I was a beach bum, always at the beach playing volleyball. We moved up here in 1993. Q. What are some of your hobbies? A. I really enjoy coaching. I coached my daughter’s club volleyball team and they made it to Junior National. Now I’m coaching my son’s volleyball team. I also like to restore old cars. Right now I’m restoring a 1966 Corvette convertible. I paint, do body work, do the engine. I’ve learned how to do it all throughout the years. Q. What is something unique about you? A. I was an All-American volleyball player and got to play all over the world. I was also on the U.S. national team in college, until I hurt my back. I wish I could have made it to the Olympics, but I just got too hurt to continue at that level. Q. What is your favorite TV show and movie? A. My favorite TV show right now is “Burn Notice.” My favorite movie is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I could watch it constantly. I like that whole series. Q. What kind of music do you listen to? A. I still listen to a lot of new wave. I like classic rock, but I’m getting into hip-hop and rap because my daughter listens to it. My favorite artist is Elvis Costello. Q. What kind of reading do you enjoy? A. I read all the time. I have to read my newspapers every day. I read them in print and online. I get about six different car magazines a month, and since I was a history teacher, I love historical novels. Q. What are some of your accomplishments? A. My family is definitely first. The kids are dong well in school and it’s exciting that they do a sport that I love so much. Another accomplishment is starting a boys volleyball team in two different schools that didn’t have it before — Upland High School and Placer High School. Also, being able to work with students. I’ve been doing it so many years and I love it. Q. What are some of your future goals? A. Eventually, maybe I want to be a superintendent of schools or a district. I also loved working at the high school, so maybe I’d go back and become a principal of a high school one day. Q. What do you love most about being a principal? A. If you ever get to work with middle school students, they make you laugh and do crazy things. It’s just so fun. When you can make a difference in a student’s life, it’s the greatest accomplishment.